Fairgrounds Development Update: Winter 2019


The redevelopment of the Missoula County Fairgrounds’ historic Commercial and Culinary buildings is on schedule for their grand re-opening at the 2019 Fair this Summer. With the award-winning Made Fair Marketplace confirmed for this year, folks can look forward to a big reveal at the Western Montana Fair: August 7-11, 2019!  The Fairgrounds remains open and offers public events and programming all Winter long.

Photos by Dave Bell

Crews are working diligently to refurbish the treasured structures, and the Fair Event Committee toured the buildings last month. Upon the completion of the project, the buildings will feature new roofs, siding, floors, and even heat and an elevator in the Commercial Building!

The floors have been removed from both buildings and a new foundation has been poured for the Commercial building.  The Culinary building is in progress and both structures are being lifted from the ground, intact, for the new foundations to be poured. What an effort! Exterior features are being updated including new wood lap siding, exterior and interior storefront doors as well as new composite roofing. New sewer and water mains have also been installed with connections to existing buildings.  Dry utilities including electrical, gas, and communication lines are in progress and scheduled to be complete by late spring.

As the project is extensive, circulation is impacted. Please review the traffic flow map to find your way to your Fairgrounds destination. For worker and user safety, please drive slowly and keep out of construction areas. All primary gates are now open while the Stephens Ave gate is restricted to construction vehicles only. This layout will be in effect until March 2019.

Fairgrounds Access Map, Winter 2019